Features

  • CPD and me and you

    Humans learn from the moment they are born (and probably even before that), but once we reach school age, ‘learning’ is formalised and – for better or worse – monitored and marked. But what happens when you are no longer being formally assessed? Do you keep an eye on your own learning? I’ve learned that… Read more »

  • Targets and tortoises

      Do you dream of crossing everything off your to-do list? For years I’ve been trying – and failing – to conquer mine. No sooner is one thing done than three more pop up. But a growing heap of to-dos can be a toxic drag on actually doing the things that really matter – from… Read more »

  • Finding a new normal

    What does ‘normal’ mean to you? If, like me, you studied physical sciences or engineering, ‘normal’ is clearly defined as a line or vector perpendicular to a surface, which light and other things veer to or from. If you’re an editor or proofreader, or some other kind of power MS Word user, the word ‘normal’… Read more »

  • Climate change epiphany

    As you packed up the baubles and tinsel on Twelfth Night, did you pause to wonder what Christmas would be like without Christmas trees? Bringing evergreens indoors at the winter solstice pre-dates the Christian festival, but the recent discovery of a tree pest in the UK is a reminder that traditions don’t last for ever…. Read more »

  • GDPR, privacy and me – and you

    Running a business of any kind means you will have information – data – about your clients and contacts and their projects. It has always been important to take care of that data, but changes to the EU-wide data protection rules (GDPR) have made this a hot topic. If you contact me, here’s how I… Read more »

  • Why editors are like actors

    Editors are like actors? Really? Surely copy-editors are home-bodies or classic office introverts who don’t like the limelight? (Ditto subs and proofreaders?) That’s the popular perception. But the more I think about it, the more I can see what we editorial professionals have in common with actors, although there are some significant differences. This post… Read more »

  • Quick, quick, slow: the science of reading

    ‘How long will it take?’ and ‘How much will it cost?’ are two common questions from clients. I’ve developed a fairly reliable way to estimate the time needed for various editorial and writing tasks. But come what may, all the words need to be read, and that takes time. Now there is scientific evidence that… Read more »

  • Standing up for editing

    No, not a post about the many good reasons to employ an editor. (Sorry to disappoint: I’ll happily write that one some other time.) This is a post about office furniture. I am only 5 ft tall (approx. 150 cm) and have always had problems with desk and chair height. For years I’ve had elaborate workarounds, but… Read more »

  • Lessons from #sfep16

    The annual conference of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) took place at Aston University, Birmingham, from 10–12 September 2016. I have been to several SfEP conferences, but this was by far the most enjoyable. I learned a lot and had a great time meeting familiar faces and making new friends. Here are my… Read more »

  • Tips from #NUJdigitalskills

    Here are 15 great tips from the speakers at the NUJ Digital Journalism Skills workshop I attended on 13 February. There were many more, so if you get the chance to hear any of these guys give a presentation: GO! Inspired by @documentally – Christian Payne Don’t think ‘digital’, think ‘networked’ Own your own stories… Read more »